Baby Kitty is coming soon! I am putting together an irreverent playlist for my birthing experience (Enya need not apply). What songs are must haves that will make me laugh and help me concentrate on anything other than the watermelon ripping through my insides for several hours? [more inside]
I have a half remembered parable about the outcomes of automation of work, that is as stated, half remembered. I'd like to make that memory whole and know the source. [more inside]
What kind of food donations can I send to the UIC faculty strike headquarters? [more inside]
A friend who had many contacts has passed away. Where can we find people willing to do work ranging from staining the deck to wrapping Christmas presents? [more inside]
Managing gestational diabetes fairly well by eating paleo/low carb and injecting insulin (tiny dose, rarely) when anticipating higher glucose levels. Now I read pregnant women should load carbs shortly before and during the childbirth itself. I'd like to avoid both a carb crash and hypoglycemia during delivery. I also worry about the baby being hypoglycemic if I have high glucose levels during delivery and I'm getting conflicting info (yes, danger v. no, too short a time to impact baby). So, what to eat leading up to and during delivery?
Summary: Is it legal in New Mexico to require an employee to come into work early for training, and then deny that worker the overtime pay? [more inside]
I work in a house that has been designated as a group home for 5 disabled adults. The program/company is funded for by the state. I am an hourly employee who works a full 40 hours (plus up to 10-15 hours of overtime @ time and a half many weeks). My checks include deductions in all the proper taxes and stuff that any job would withdraw from. It's a full on legit job. [more inside]
Labor of death much like the labor of being born? [more inside]
How do the pros and cons of labor unions really add up? [more inside]
I was eligible for a sizable bonus on February 1, 2012, the one year anniversary date of my start date. The offer letter said I'd get an email listing the criteria on which the bonus would be based by the end of February 2011. I never got the email. Requests for the criteria went unanswered. So have emails and phone calls since November. Is this something I could present to a Labor Relations panel for resolution? I have tons of qualitative and quantitative data on the work I've performed, essentially in a vacuum. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Tell me about companies that encouraged or directed employees to form a guild or union from the beginning. What did they do, why did they do it, how was it received and how did it work out? [more inside]
Please suggest, preferably with specific links, images that are metaphors for birth to be used for focusing on and creating visualizations during labor. [more inside]
As an employer in WA state is it better for me to classify a new position as a independent contractor or as an 'outside salesperson'? How do I find out? [more inside]
I want to understand what constitutes a positive pregnancy experience... and how the health system can help.
I'd love your experience and advice on how to be a good practitioner of women's health in pregnancy. [more inside]
Yesterday, Mike Konczal (rortybomb) wrote the following, "The graduating class of 2011 will enter a brutal job market that will hurt its ability to be rewarded for its labor, and thus lead a full life, for at least a decade. A note to these graduates: take comfort that you must “endure” this suffering in order to placate invisible bond vigilantes and protect rentier income." What is the rentier income he is talking about? Is he saying that bond holders, generally, are rentiers?
I'm reading Marx's "Capital" Vol. I and I'm looking for a "Dummy's Guide" to his economic theories. [more inside]
What is an appropriate hourly rate for college-age summer worker to do some manual labor (in Philadelphia)? [more inside]
Assuming I have no other choices - and have serious ethical concerns about issues like fair pay and equitable treatment of workers (primary), environmentalism (secondary) and commitment to localism (tertiary) - should I shop at Wal-Mart or Target? [more inside]
Should I stay with my midwife practice, given a trustworthy account of a mismanaged case? This gets long, sorry. [more inside]
Push (Birthing) Gift idea? Wife has hinted and I like to give gifts. What is appropriate? [more inside]
CA Labor Law: A friend has been demoted from salaried to hourly after giving notice. Is this illegal? He thinks there may have been a law passed a few years ago banning a salary to hourly demotion. True? [more inside]
Wanted: Beats and Soothing Sounds for Labor. Beats to help us keep the breathing even and soothing sounds to relax. Suggestions? [more inside]
What are the best natural methods for inducing a post-term pregnancy? [more inside]